During regular operating hours, our doctors are available to see most emergency cases but may recommend you take your pet to an emergency clinic immediately if it’s in extreme distress. Please call us if your companion animal experiences severe bleeding, vomiting, diarrhea, lameness or lethargy, heatstroke, is choking or unable to pass stool or urine, has ingested a toxin, sustained an eye or traumatic injury, has difficulty breathing or is unconscious. Alerting us to Fluffy or Fido’s clinical signs will help us prepare equipment and instruments that may be needed once you arrive at the clinic.
Depending on your pet’s condition, we may immediately transfer him or her to our treatment area for a doctor to examine. Once an exam is completed, we’ll share the doctor’s findings with you and discuss care and treatment options. BRVC does not have overnight staffing so pets admitted to the clinic on an emergency basis may need to be transferred to a 24-hour clinic where they can receive round-the-clock monitoring and care.
If a pet emergency arises when our clinic is closed, we recommend calling the emergency clinic closest to you before leaving your home as many clinics are experiencing staff shortages.